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More Faulkner - Go Down Moses - heard it is a toughy.
Its funny, I feel like it takes about to novels in a row with an author before I make a breakthrough and can read an author without too much difficulty. After "Barn Burning," "A Rose for Emily," The Sound and The Fury (2nd time through) and As I Lay Dying I feel much more adjusted to his style. At the end of As I Lay Dying I was reading without feeling Aggravated.
I remember when I had a breakthrough with Shakespeare, which was actually after reading Dr. Faustus, and read Macbeth and Richard III with minimal irritation. I just hope to make a similar breakthrough with Joyce one day . . . . I am happy to be becoming a much more competent reader of difficult literature - I feel like the fruits of my liberal arts education are paying off. Now I just need to learn to write. . . .

Faulkner's Light In August is one of my favorite novels ever, you should check that one out too if you haven't already.
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I am looking forward to getting into Light in August once I finish this Faulkner seminar. I have heard it is more manageable than Absalom Absalom - which was a beast.
Its been crazy doing a lot of analysis of the hymen's importance in novels. Weird shit.
Also reading a fuck-ton of Keats in my romantics class. The fall of Hyperion etc.
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I've heard Light was his most accessible. I don't know, that's the only thing I've read by him, but it was amazing.
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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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hadn't read any Bradbury in a long time and about six months ago I found that in my piles of unread books... quite enjoyed it. smile.gif

Rocket summer, rocket summer, rocket summer ... lol8[1].gif
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I've heard Light was his most accessible. I don't know, that's the only thing I've read by him, but it was amazing.

Read As I Lay Dying in undergrad, and that cured me of ever wanting to read any more by that jackwagon ... censored.gif

Right now working my way through Kevin Phillips' American Theocracy
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Yeah, most people get assigned As I Lay Dying, and is probably the reason most people don't read Faulkner heh.

Great Expectations scared me away from Dickens forever, so I can kinda feel you here.
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Man As I Lay Dying was a walk in the park relative to absalom absalom . . . .
Taking this small Faulkner seminar with a really competent professor developed my analytic/critical skills. Fucking difficult reading though. The course title should have been 2000 pages of Pain and Suffering - the collected works of William Faulkner . . .
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Yeah, most people get assigned As I Lay Dying, and is probably the reason most people don't read Faulkner heh.
Great Expectations scared me away from Dickens forever, so I can kinda feel you here.

My idiot grade 10 teacher assigned this -- can you fucking imagine? Even I didn't read every damned page!
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Rereading bits of "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman. Will start "Smiley's People" once it comes in the mail.
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No. 44: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain. His last work, actually left unfinished, but finished enough to be patched up a little and published. Intriguing so far. There's an interesting history behind the creation and publication of the book, if anyone's curious. (I'm not offering to repeat it, just that you should google it if you're interested.)
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My idiot grade 10 teacher assigned this -- can you fucking imagine? Even I didn't read every damned page!

Really? I read Great Expectations in 9th grade and didn't think it was so bad.
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No. 44: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain. His last work, actually left unfinished, but finished enough to be patched up a little and published. Intriguing so far. There's an interesting history behind the creation and publication of the book, if anyone's curious.

I am curious. Please regale us.

About halfway through with "Peace, They Say". Less and less impressed with his writing as I keep reading. I can say more if people are interested.
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Great book! It started me off on Mieville, but to be honest, the rest of books weren't all that appealing to me. I read The Scar, The Iron Council and Embassytown. Might pikc up Railsea and see what it's like.

I'm currently on Book 8 of the Malazan series, and sometimes I don't know what I'm reading it. Just to be finished maybe.
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My idiot grade 10 teacher assigned this -- can you fucking imagine? Even I didn't read every damned page!

Grade 9 here, I doubt I'd be able to finish it now even at 34, but when I was 14...no friggin way.
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I am curious. Please regale us.

Okay.
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Put this down halfway though in September, picked up again last night.

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Only on chapter 5, but I am already loving Stendhal.
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